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AirPods Flashing Green (What To Do?)

The green light is usually an indicator that something good is happening. However, in this case, when you see your AirPods flashing green it means that something is wrong and you may find yourself asking the question “why are my AirPods flashing green?”

So what does it mean when your AirPods start flashing green light and how can you fix the problem? Keep reading this article to find the answers to these questions.

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Why Are My AirPods Flashing Green?

The first question we need to answer is why are your AirPods flashing green light? There could be several things that could cause this issue, and the most common issue is listed as number one in the list below:

  1. AirPods are not recognized by the case

This can also happen because of several things. The first is that the case cannot recognize either the left or the right AirPod. Another reason is that you didn’t place one or both of the AirPods properly in the case to charge. This can also happen if your phone is set to mono (set to pair with only one AirPod). And lastly, it can happen if either of the AirPods is damaged.

  1. Outdated Firmware

Updating the firmware helps fix the bugs and malfunctions. 

  1. AirPods are not charged properly 

The reason your AirPods are not charging properly can be due to accumulated dirt in the case and the AirPods and improper placement of the AirPods in their case. 

  1. Damaged AirPods

This point speaks for itself; if the AirPods are damaged, they don’t work properly. One thing to remember is that AirPods are not waterproof, only water resistant, so if you drenched them in water recently that probably damaged them. 

These are the most common reasons that answer the question why are your AirPods flashing green light. 

How to Fix the AirPods Flashing Green Problem?

Now that we are aware of what could cause this problem, it is time we look for the solutions. There are three main solutions and two additional ones that have been proven to fix this issue, let us see what they are. 

Solution 1: Reset Your AirPods

Resetting is the first thing we do when something goes wrong, which is a good thing because it fixes a lot of issues and bugs while simultaneously refreshing the device.

To reset your AirPods follow the steps listed below:

  1. Put the AirPods in their charging case, close the lid and wait for about 30 seconds
  2. Forget the AirPods from your device in the Bluetooth section
  3. Press the button located on the back of the case and hold it for about 15 seconds. The light should change from amber to white
  4. Open the lid of the case
  5. Reconnect your AirPods by putting them close to your iPhone (or if you have an Android go to Bluetooth and select the AirPods in the list of Bluetooth devices)

And that is how you reset your AirPods. If this solution did not fix the problem, try the next one.

Solution 2: Update The Firmware

As we already mentioned, updating the firmware helps with getting rid of bugs and malfunctions. Updating the firmware is very simple, but be sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi as it cannot happen without internet connection, just look at these steps:

  1. Put your AirPods inside their charging case and close the lid
  2. Charge the case
  3. Place the case and your iPhone very close to each other

That’s all you need to do. If an update is available, your device will download and install it automatically. The waiting time is approximately 15 minutes. One thing you should be aware of is that if you are using your AirPods with an Android device you will not be able to update the AirPods’ firmware; you must do it with an Apple device.

Solution 3: Clean The AirPods And The Case

The third main solution to AirPods flashing green light problem is cleaning them and the charging case. Accumulated dirt causes interference, which can lead to our main problem of flashing green light. 

What you need is a cotton swab, isopropyl alcohol and a lint free cloth. 

Take the cotton swab and put a drop of isopropyl alcohol on it. Clean the whole case with it, paying extra attention to charging pins. Use the other side of the cotton swab and put a drop of alcohol on it as well. Clean the AirPods with that side, but this time pay extra attention to the charging poles. Once you finish take the lint free cloth (make sure it is dry) and clean everything with it once more.

Solution 4: Recharge The AirPods And The Case

The connection issues could be the result of low battery, which leads to the case not recognizing one or both of the AirPods, which again leads to our flashing green light problem

The ideal battery life is between 30% and 80%. You can check the battery status of AirPods on your devices. 

  • iOS: simply check the battery level in the pop up pairing dialogue
  • Android: Install the AirBattery app
  • Mac: go to Bluetooth and hover over your AirPods name

If the battery is low you should plug them in to charge.

  1. Put your AirPods properly in their charging case
  2. Close the lid of the case
  3. Plug the charger into the case

That is all you need to know about battery life in this case.

Solution 5: Replace The AirPods

If you damaged your AirPods you might need to replace them. You should contact Apple Support and see if they offer any additional solutions we haven’t mentioned here. If they don’t, visit their store so they can fix them or replace them (if your AirPods are still under warranty, the service will be done for free). 


The topic of this article was AirPods flashing green. We showed you why your AirPods are flashing green light and what you can do to fix this issue. We hope that after trying our solutions you managed to fix the problem. If the issue repeats in the future, you now know what to do. 

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